on a roll


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on a roll

Experiencing a particularly successful period, without any setbacks or low points. Three championship titles in a row? Wow, that team is really on a roll. Jim was really on a roll last night with his jokes—we couldn't stop laughing!
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on a roll

in the midst of a series of successes. Don't stop me now. I'm on a roll. Things are going great for Larry. He's on a roll now.
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on a roll

On a streak of success or intense activity, as in The team's scored three runs in the last inning and they're really on a roll, or Once the experiment succeeded, Tim was on a roll. This slangy term, alluding to the momentum in the act of rolling, dates from the second half of the 1900s, but roll alone has been used in this sense since the early 1800s.
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on a roll

COMMON If you are on a roll, you are making great progress and having a lot of success. Emerging markets, too, are on a roll. I made a name for myself and I was on a roll, I couldn't see anything going wrong. Note: You can say that someone gets on a roll. Once you get on a roll you feel as though you're unbeatable. Compare with on the crest of a wave. Note: This expression probably comes from surfing.
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on a roll

experiencing a prolonged spell of success or good luck. informal
1998 Oldie Western economists cottoned on to basic ‘flaws’ in the [Indonesian] economy which they hadn't noticed (or didn't want to notice) while it was on a roll.
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on a roll

mod. in the midst of a series of successes. (see also roll.) Things are going great for Larry. He’s on a roll now.
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on a roll

Informal
Undergoing or experiencing sustained, even increasing good fortune or success: "The stock market's on a roll" (Karen Pennar).
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